Small business owner and Monmouth County Democrats chair Vin Gopal Jan. 2 announced his candidacy for the state Senate seat in New Jersey’s 11th Legislative District.
The 31-year-old Gopal will step down from his post as county Democratic chair to focusing on the campaign against longtime incumbent Jennifer Beck, who has held the seat since 2006.
The Indian American is running for the post to tackle the state’s “grave fiscal problems.”
“As a small business owner, I know what it’s like to build a business from the ground up and to create jobs — to go without taking a paycheck in order to make payroll,” he said in a statement.
“I know what Monmouth County residents are going through.”
Gopal calls Beck a “foot soldier” for Gov. Chris Christie, supporting nearly every initiative championed by him.
“Beck even went so far as to vote against legislation that she herself authored after the governor expressed his opposition to it,” Gopal noted. “That bill was actually a good one — it would have protected our children and families by keeping guns out of the wrong hands. But rather than stand up for what was right for Monmouth County, Beck chose her political interests over her constituents and voted against her own bill.”
Gopal went on to describe a number of similar instances where he claimed Beck flip flopped on her stances for her political gain.
If chosen state senator, the Indian American promises to be a voice and representative for the betterment of the people.
“Monmouth County needs a senator who will battle with the insiders in Trenton, not just show up and act like a puppet,” Gopal stressed, noting the need to fight for lower property taxes, eliminating red tape imposed on small businesses, and funding women’s healthcare policies.
“As your senator, I will spend every day fighting against Trenton insiders and fighting for the needs of working people,” he added. “That is my pledge to the residents of Monmouth County."
In addition to his time as chair of the Monmouth County Democrats, where he helped place the focus of local campaigns on the crushing property tax burden placed on Monmouth County homeowners, Gopal served on the board of directors for the now Monmouth County Chamber of Commerce where he chaired the Chamber's Government Affairs Committee.
He is a past president of the Hazlet Township Business Owners Association and a past board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth County.
Gopal is the owner of Community Magazine NJ, which he founded in 2008, and the nonprofit Direct Development LLC, which he founded in 2010 to help local charities and individuals in need.
Gopal, who was born and raised in New Jersey, earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Pennsylvania State University.